Thai yoga massage is a mind-body-spirit practice that has the same roots as the ancient understanding of Ayurveda. Buddhism and it’s teachings traveled down through Southeast Asia and into Thailand where we can begin to see the evolution of the Thai massage practice as one part of a larger Traditional Thai Medical system.
Thai massage incorporates many different soft tissue manipulation techniques (massage, fascial release, chopping, and many more) with assisted stretches and meditation in order to achieve a deep state of relaxation. There are indeed many styles and methods of practice, though most commonly we see treatments that are generally performed on the floor on padded mats, with patients fully clothed and without the use of oils.
At Navina™, we focus on optimal biomechanics, the use of anatomy and creating a deeply relaxing client experience while still maintaining the heart-centred approach of this ancient art form. Within the Navina™ courses we also attempt to expand the ideas and methods that are commonly presented in trainings in order to build a more comprehensive study and investigation of the human mind-body-spirit. To read about why we prefer to use the term “Thai Yoga Therapy” please read here.
Navina™ trainings are unique because we teach functional anatomy of the body. A sound understanding of anatomy will help to inform our intuition, enable us to share more information with clients in a meaningful dialogue, improve our professional image, and assist in developing our own body awareness for safety and longevity in practice. By adding the knowledge of anatomy to our tool belt we can ultimately make ourselves better practitioners.
Commitment to Quality:
Our Continuing Education system is designed to be accessible to certified practitioners regardless of geographical location, financial restraints and/or time limitations. The Continuing Education system requires that you:
• complete a minimum of 21 Core Continuing Education Units (cCEUs) within your cycle, or
• complete 41 Peripheral Continuing Education Units (pCEUs) within your cycle.
Certified practitioners are required to adhere to all aspects of the Quality Assurance Program, beginning in their first cycle of active Certification.
The Principal Certification cycle is a duration of 18 months. Your renewal date is the 1st day of the month following the 18-month period from your date of certification. For example, if your certification date is August 5th (or on any date in August), 2018 your cycle end-date is March 1st, 2020.
The Enhanced Certification cycle is a duration of 36 months. As per the Principal Certification cycle calculation, your Enhanced Certification renewal date is the 1st day of the month following the 36-month period from your date of certification. For Example, if your certification date is August 5th (or on any date in August), 2018 your cycle end-date is September 1st, 2021.
It is your responsibility to monitor your renewal dates and submit on time. In order to support you, we will provide you with two reminder notifications by email:
• One when there is 4-months remaining on your certification cycle.
• One when there is 2-months remaining on your certification cycle.
Please note that if email delivery fails, or if we miss notifying you, it is still your responsibility to report your CEUs on time. We require that you submit your request for CEU approval 1-month prior to the end of your certification cycle.
Continuing education is designed to enhance competency, knowledge, skill and your overall ability to take the best care of your clients. An activity can only be included within your CEU reporting that contributes to one or all of the above. The topics included within the Continuing Education umbrella must be in some way related to your Navina® Thai Yoga Therapy practice. We have created a list below to assist you when making your selections for Continuing Education. CEUs are calculated at 1 CEU per 1 hour of education and training that satisfies the above requirements.
Every certified practitioner must submit their application for CEU approval on time unless they participate in one Navina® Enhanced Module within their reporting cycle. If you complete one Enhanced Module during this time, your certification renewal is automatic. If instead you are unable to, or do not participate in a Navina® Enhanced Moule, you must submit your CEU application as per the following standards.
Below you’ll find an approved modality list, where any educational offerings that fall under one or more of the modalities listed is considered an approved activity. Please also see the list of modalities that are denied for CEUs. For any educational offerings that are not listed under any of the modalities below, please see the Modality Tool, where you may submit your Continuing Education for approval. When you participate in education that does fall under one of the listed approved modalities, you are to use the self-reporting tool for your CEU submission.
You are required to complete and submit your CEU application a minimum of 1-month prior to the date your certification ends (your cycle end-date as described above). Submissions are only accepted via this online forum. Paper applications will not be accepted.
When using the Modality Tool, please include as much detail and information as possible to assist us in assessing whether a particular modality is fit to be approved or not.
Remember, if you participate in one Navina® Enhanced Module per cycle, you do not need to check this list. This is only for use if you are unable to or do not intend on participating in an Enhanced Module. In that instance any workshop, course, training, seminar or similar education opportunity taken in-person, that falls within one of the following modalities or areas of study AND satisfies the minimum of one Competency Category (listed below), is classified as a “core” Continuing Education activity and is guaranteed CEU approval.
|Thai Massage||Reflexology||Occupational Therapy|
|Swedish Massage||Structural Integration||PNF|
|Acupuncture||Active Release||Infant Massage|
|Cupping||Manual Lymph Drainage||Acupressure|
|Trigger Point Therapy||Neuromuscular Therapy||Yoga|
|Craniosacral||Joint Mobilisation||Tai Chi|
Education in any of the following fields is not approved for Continuing Education. If you seek education in these fields you must also continue your education with an approved modality in order to satisfy the requirements of each reporting cycle.
|Electrical Therapy Techniques||Touch for health|
|Guided Imagery||Inhalation Therapy|
Any study completed in one or more of the approved modalities must also provide training and education in one or more of the following competency categories/topics of study.
|Anatomy||Application of Manual Technique|
|Business Acumen||Movement Assessment|
|Injury Assessment||Client Relations|
|Clinical Practice||Documentation & Record-Keeping|
|Remedial Exercise Prescription||Pathology|
“Peripheral” Continuing Education Units include any educational opportunities that satisfy the same criteria as cCEUs, except that they take place out of a classroom in a format other-than in-person training. These forums include but are not limited to: online courses, textbooks, peer reviewed literature, vlogs, blogs, podcasts and similar digital channels. pCEU’s are given timing assumptions based on average consumption of information. Each timing assumption has this clearly defined in the pCEU reporting template.
When submitting your request for Peripheral Continuing Education Unit approval, you are required to attach your summary notes of all materials consumed. Notes should include comments on how learning materials will/have influenced your skill and ability to practice Navina® Thai Yoga Therapy in addition to a summary of content. The more detail your notes have, the greater the likelihood is of attaining approval without additional questions and information being required by our Quality Assurance team. The formatting of your notes and source referencing must follow the pCEU reporting template.
Maintaining consistent effort towards continuously expanding your theoretical and practical knowledge, we recommend that you partake in continuing education every year. We do however recognize that sometimes timing, accessibility and extraneous factors come into play. Therefore our Quality Assurance Program allows you to carry over a maximum of one full cycle of CEUs to the proceeding cycle. Any additional credits will not be usable towards your CEU application, and additional education must be completed within the subsequent cycle. (For example: whether you take 42 cCEUs or 63 cCEUs this year, the maximum length of time this will cover for your certification renewal is the current cycle and the next one (totalling 3 years). The cycle after that is not covered.)